The Pastor’s Heart 5/1/2020

This week’s Pastor’s Heart was really written 147 years ago.  What do I mean?  Well, it’s my favorite hymn, written back in 1873; I’ve meditated on it all week, and what a blessing it’s been: “When peace like a river attendeth my way; When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught…

The Pastor’s Heart 4/10/2020

Being Easter, this is the weekend you usually see them, for the most part, in church yards.  But this year, you see them more often in your neighborhood yards and maybe in your own yard.  I’m talking about a cross.  As I’ve driven around this past week or so (yes, essential travel!), I have noticed…

The Pastor’s Heart 4/3/2020

They’ve become so familiar.  “Safer at Home.”  “Shelter at Home.”  “Shelter in Place.”  On Wednesday, here in Georgia our governor said he is declaring a “shelter in place” order for us, trying to deter as much as possible the spread of the coronavirus.  Some have even called these changes in lifestyle the “new normal.”  And…

The Pastor’s Heart 3/27/2020

It’s a place where I’ve done a lot of meditating.  I’ve written sermons.  I’ve prayed through problems and solutions.  I’ve done church calendar planning.  I’ve even rehearsed through choir specials, including full-length Christmas programs.  I’ve done all that right there on that riding lawn mower while cutting grass or mulching leaves.  And this past weekend…

The Pastor’s Heart 3/13/2020

Sometimes simple is best.  Especially in a week like this one and, more than likely, the ones to come.  So in all the COVID-19 confusion, doubt, and sifting for facts, here’s something simple and straightforward to keep in mind.  Memorize it.  Repeat it.  Live it.  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is…

The Pastor’s Heart 3/6/2020

It’s been my point of meditation this week.  I’ve read other things, but I keep coming back to this verse in Proverbs 4:26.  “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.”  Ponder the path of thy feet.  That word “ponder” has the idea of turning something over in your mind,…

The Pastor’s Heart 2/21/2020

This week I was reminded of a statement I’d read some time ago.  “Every crisis of life is a faith crisis.”  Something to think about, isn’t it?  You see, as we face the challenges that life most assuredly will bring our way, we will also be faced with the decision, “Will I trust God?”  Israel…

The Pastor’s Heart 2/14/2020

Something was bound to happen.  And it did.  If you put a large group of almost 100 Baptist preachers together, standing and waiting….  Well, there we were on a staircase in the Georgia state capitol building waiting on Governor Kemp to come for the scheduled photo with us, and someone started singing “Victory in Jesus.” …